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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Deuteronomy 3:1-11

We have here another brave country delivered into the hand of Israel, that of Bashan; the conquest of Sihon is often mentioned together with that of Og, to the praise of God, the rather because in these Israel's triumphs began, Ps. 135:11; 136:19, 20. See, I. How they got the mastery of Og, a very formidable prince, 1. Very strong, for he was of the remnant of the giants (Deut. 3:11); his personal strength was extraordinary, a monument of which was preserved by the Ammonites in his bedstead,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Deuteronomy 3:8

And we took at that time out of the hands of the two kings of the Amorites ,.... Sihon king of Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan: the land that was on this side Jordan ; where Moses then was, being in the plains of Moab, and was the country beyond Jordan, with respect to the land of Canaan, and when in that: from the river of Arnon unto Mount Hermon ; Arnon was a river which divided Moab and the Amorites, Numbers 22:13 and Hermon was a mountain of Gilead, which ended where Lebanon... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Deuteronomy 3:1-11

EXPOSITION CONQUEST OF OG , KING OF BASHAN . The Amorites had wrested from Moab a portion of the territory taken by the Moabites and the Edomites from the giant aborigines; and Og, who was of the same giant race, ruled over the northern half of the region of Gilead and over all Bashan. This district also God purposed Israel to possess; and therefore, before crossing the Jordan , a diversion was made north. wards by the Israelites, for the purpose of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Deuteronomy 3:1-12

The conquest of Og. Og, King of Bashan, was a yet more formidable adversary than Sihon. We read with wonder of that extraordinary territory over which he ruled, the region of Argob, with its sixty cities built of black stone, hard as iron, and perched amidst the masses of basaltic rock, which are the characteristic feature of the district, and which formed an apparently impregnable barrier against assault. The suddenness, completeness, and decisiveness of the conquest of this region,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Deuteronomy 3:1-17

The destruction of Og, King of Bashan. We have here an account of another conquest, for which the victory over Sihon, King of the Amorites, prepared the people. Bashan was "called the land of the giants" ( Deuteronomy 3:13 ), and Og, the king, was manifestly the greatest of the giants—hence the particulars about his bedstead, as being nine cubits long and four broad ( Deuteronomy 3:11 ). In a rude age and country , force was the recognized ruler, and the biggest man in consequence... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Deuteronomy 3:1-20

Self-propagating conquest. There is solid truth in the French proverb: "It is the first step that costs." An untried course makes large demands on a man's thought, self-watchfullness, and energy; but when habit is acquired, the machinery of the soul works with smooth facility. Enterprises which are most arduous at the first, become by repetition as simple as a natural instinct. I. CONQUEST INDUCES NEW ENERGY . The joy of conquest is a spur to fresh endeavor. The appetite for... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Deuteronomy 3:8

Hermon ( חֶרְמוֹן ), probably from חָרַם , to be high, "the lofty peak," conspicuous on all sides. By some the name is supposed to be connected with חֶרֶם , a devoted thing, because this mountain marked the limit of the country devoted or placed under a ban; and it is certainly remarkable that, at the extreme north-east and the extreme southwest of the laud conquered by the Israelites, names derived from Herem , viz. Hermon and Hormah ( Deuteronomy 1:44 ), should be... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Deuteronomy 3:8

Deuteronomy 3:8. On this side Jordan So it was when Moses wrote this book: but afterward, when Israel passed over Jordan, it was called the land beyond Jordan. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Deuteronomy 3:1-29

From Kadesh to Jordan (2:1-3:29)God told the Israelites that if they went through the land of Edom, they were not to seize any territory. This was partly because Edom was Israel’s brother nation (being descended from Esau), and partly because the Edomites’ territory, formerly possessed by the Horites, had been given them by God (2:1-7). Similar restrictions applied to Israel’s relations with the nations of Moab and Ammon, both of which were also related to Israel (being descended from Lot).... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Deuteronomy 3:8

on this side = across, a neutral term. See note on Deuteronomy 1:1 . unto. Some codices, with Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint, and Syriac, read "and (or even) unto". Hermon = high mountain. read more

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